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Outside In House

Ply Architecture

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Kathy Bernreuter and Michael Downing


  • Craig Borum, AIA
  • Julie Simpson
  • Wiltrud Simbuerger
  • Sara Dean
  • Ross Hoekstra
  • Alex Timmer
  • Lizzie Yarina
  • Natasha Mauskapf
  • Jessica Mattson
  • Chris Bennett
  • Jason Prasad

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1,318 sq. feet



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Project Description

Site An active Midwestern farm in Three Oaks, Mich.

Program A single-family weekend house for a family of four.

Solution The third iteration of an investigative wood-frame house designed by Ann Arbor, Mich.–based Ply Architecture, the 1,318-square-foot Outside In House incorporates undulating walls of vacuum-sealed “storm glass” tubes—an 18th-century weather-prediction device whose transparency varies depending on climactic conditions—to separate the interior rooms from a central courtyard. “It’s a pretty profound piece of research that made its way into space,” said juror Mary-Ann Ray. “It’s a modern glass curtainwall that actually infiltrates the space.” The house opens to the outside through operable 3-foot-wide wood panels around the perimeter. “It’s an interesting new plan within an existing rectangle,” juror Joseph Rosa said, “and I think that’s quite beautiful.”
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